Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute


Welcome to HumCog!

Co-directed by Dr. Andrew Leber and Dr. Angus Fletcher. 


We will begin collecting applications in early 2023.

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The annual Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute (HumCog) is a week-long summer day camp that provides a critical thinking forum for rising high school students to explore the big questions at the intersection of the humanities and cognitive sciences.

Cognitive Science: The scientific study of the mind, brain and its processes be they real, artificial or animal. It allows us to understand the process of thought, learning and mental organization through disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and artificial intelligence.

Humanities: The study and analysis of people and the human experience that spans disciplines such as philosophy, literature, the arts, languages and history. It allows us to understand all that we do and create as humans.

HumCog Group Photos

At HumCog, students will come to the Ohio State campus each day to learn about the correlation of brain sciences and the humanities. They will spend the mornings with world-renowned professors in daily lectures and afternoons in group discussions and activities. Students will be introduced to research methods, as well as library and online resources. Through hands on laboratory activities and collaborative research with fellow institute scholars, students will get a glimpse of what it's like to be a student at The Ohio State University.

At the end of the week, they will have learned central aspects of just how the humanities and cognitive sciences can work together to help us understand how we imagine, artistically create, and materially transform the world in which we live. For example, new research in brain sciences can help us understand how we create and consume culture such as film, comic books, TV, poetry, short stories, and video games. Combining this knowledge with research being conducted in the humanities can help us better understand critical processes such as thought, feeling, and action in our scientific world.

An interdisciplinary collaboration of professors has launched HumCog, developing its activities in partnership with Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.


The application for the next program will open in early 2023.

Program dates: TBD, 2023, 9:00AM-3:00PM. 

Location: Ohio State University Main Campus. This program is an in-person day camp. Students will need to be driven to and from campus each day for programming or will need to drive themselves. 

Cost: $500 - financial aid opportunities are available, please see the application for more information.  


Applications should contain:

  • Completed Application and Agreements form
    • Download the fillable pdf forms here: (forms for the 2023 program will be added at a later date) 
  • High School Transcript – Unofficial transcripts or advisor reports are sufficient. Please provide a full high school grade report, including grades from completed years as well as current year. 
  • Essay – One page description of why you want to participate in HumCog, including what you might bring to HumCog and what you hope to learn.
  • Optional Reference Letter – From a teacher who is qualified to comment on your ability in courses that best reflect your readiness to engage in HumCog content. This may be emailed separately by your teacher if necessary.

Please email the your completed application to by TBD.



The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at


Co-sponsored by the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Dr. Angus Fletcher                                                       
Professor of English and Film                                                              

Dr. Andrew Leber 
Director, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology 


What is HumCog?

HumCog scholars, team leaders and faculty presenters, 2019

The Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute (HumCog) is an interdisciplinary, week-long summer day camp for advanced high school students to the explore correlations between brain sciences and the humanities through daily lectures, discussions, research exploration, and collaborative activities with OSU students and faculty across campus. By the end of the week, students will have learned central aspects of just how the humanities and cognitive sciences can work together to help us understand how we imagine, artistically create, and materially transform the world in which we live.


What is a team leader?

HumCog Program Photo

As a Team Leader, you will help guide a diverse, bright group of high school students along an exploratory academic journey through the intersections of the humanities and cognitive sciences. Team leaders should have a cross-interest in both the sciences and humanities. You will be assigned your own small group of students, called Pods, to mentor throughout the week. 

In conjunction with the camp organizers, you will be the primary contact for the parents of the students in your Pod during the week of the camp. This might include being mindful of a student’s deviation in schedule (example: a student in your pod might need to be picked up early on a specific day), or help keeping track of a student’s lunch if they pack due to a special dietary need. You will also be responsible for signing your students in and out every morning/afternoon by collecting and redistributing your Pod name badges each day. Other duties throughout the week may be assigned.

Team leaders will attend a training meeting prior to the HumCog program. Team leaders will work approximately 8:15AM-3:30PM during the week of camp, participating in all student activities. This is an hourly paid position and meals will be provided each day. All programming will take place on OSU’s Columbus Main Campus.



Exterior view of Hayes Hall

All prospective team leaders must be accepted or enrolled as OSU undergraduate or graduate students in Autumn 2023. However, Team Leaders cannot be enrolled in classes during the week of HumCog.

Graduate students are ineligible if they will be on Fellowship during the program week. Similarly, graduate students cannot be employed as GRA, GTA, or GAAs during the program. 

Undergraduate and Graduate students who have another OSU student assistant position (that is not a graduate appointment: GRA, GTA or GAA) are eligible to be hired as team leaders. However, OSU policy states that students are limited to a cumulative 38 working hours/week during their off academic term and official school breaks. Therefore, by accepting a position as a team leader, the student must agree that they will not work any hours at another OSU position during the week of HumCog.



Team leaders may be subject to an interview and reference checks.

Team leaders will be required to complete a background check and a Minors Policy Training through BuckeyeLearn prior to working with campers. Instructions to complete these steps will be provided during the onboarding process.



Interested students should email a resume/CV and an unofficial school transcript to Please apply by TBD at 5PM EST for consideration. 

Know someone who would be great for this role? Nominate a student by emailing, or encourage them to apply for this unique opportunity!

To view more information on this position, download our position overview below:



  • Develop interests in neuroscience, cognitive science and basic research
  • Acquire knowledge of how our emotions and thoughts work in everyday activities as well as in more specialized activities like making stories and consuming those stories
  • Learn that the intersection of the sciences and humanities can teach us something foundational about what it means to be human
  • Learn how research in the cognitive sciences can be applied to the humanities and vice versa
  • Learn how issues in the cognitive sciences and humanities relate to the kind of knowledge and thinking skills that are needed for everyday life, including telling stories around the dinner table to watching your favorite TV show or playing your favorite video game
  • Learn from and establish professional relationships with world-renowned professors at The Ohio State University
  • Professional networking and possible letters of recommendation from college professors
  • Open doors for opportunities to institutions of higher education
  • Learn what it is like to learn at a college campus
  • Help prepare students for the college experience
  • Create professional relationships with advanced college student Team Leaders
  • Create lifelong friendships with students who have similar interests 
  • Receive a certificate of completion